Is Gylfi’s Position Safe?



It has been a solid start for Swansea City.

Saturday’s point at the Stadium of Light perhaps represented frustration – the Swans ultimately letting a lead slip against a Sunderland side seemingly in deep trouble following heavy defeats against Leicester and Norwich City.

But deep down, Monk will be pleased with the form of his unbeaten side, and with the form of individuals.

Bafetimbi Gomis has picked up where he left off at the end of last season, wide men Jefferson Montero and Andre Ayew have received plaudits aplenty, Monk has welcome selection headaches in midfield, and the back four and goalkeeper appear settled.

However, one of his most important performers, is seemingly yet to fire.

When Gylfi Sigurdsson returned to the club from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2014, it represented a major coup for the Swans . After being brought in on loan by Brendan Rodgers, Sigurdsson had been influential in the club’s Premiership survival in the 2011/2012 season.

So much so, his decision not to stay on permanently in South Wales, and instead sign for Spurs, was a major blow.

But two wasted years at White Hart lane later, the Icelander picked up where he left off at Swansea in the 2014/2015 campaign.

An opening day winner at Old Trafford, sublime free kicks against Arsenal and Aston Villa, and a string of assured displays made a mockery of his mere £6.8 million fee.

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However, there were also worrying signs. The 25-year-old was frequently hauled off before the end of games, with Monk apparently concerned about the immense workload he was carrying for club and country.

In the dying moments of a fourth round FA Cup defeat at Blackburn, he was red carded for a lunge that betrayed is cool and composed persona.

And for the opening three games of this season, he is yet to hit the standards that have become expected of him at Swansea City. At no point against Chelsea, Newcastle or Sunderland, did you feel he stamped his authority in a game or exerted his potentially big influence.

Sigurdsson appears jaded and frail in confidence. He will never play with the all action style of Shelvey, or possess the trickery and speed of Montero – but the quality attributes that has always accompanied his play, the accurate passing, the set piece deliveries, the goal threat – are all yet to surface.

And if his quiet form continues, Monk will have a conundrum. He has depth at his disposal with his squad now, especially in midfield. The Icelander’s place is no longer safe.

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Should Sigurdsson start re-hitting the heights everyone knows he is capable of, Swansea’s thus far solid season could well become a superb one. He is that important a performer for the club.

But for his sake and the club’s, such heights need to be hit sooner rather than later.